Chive Sparklers

chive seeds
Chive Sparklers

A new coronavirus, but a different color? When I downloaded this photo I first saw a similarity between the photos of the COVID-19 virus in shades of red floating against a dark background, their protein spikes all around a center. But I also like the feeling of objects floating in space, though they are all tethered to the ground.

Allium flowers and seeds of all sorts can look like sparklers in the right light. These are my garlic chives gone to see, each flower on the end of its own stalk develops a round papery packet that holds one or more black seeds that look like small chunky black pebbles. These will fall and grow more chives next year, though I also gathered some to plant in other places next year.

The regular onion chives bloom with similar habit and violet flowers in the spring, and garlic chives bloom with white flowers in late summer. Both are native plants and attract a variety of small bees. Both types of chives are tasty used fresh.

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